27th State Senate District: Holtzman Vogel vs Tate
Some news this week regarding the 27th State Senate District and the developing GOP primary candidates lining up to face liberal Republican Russ Potts in 2007.
First, we learn that Jill Holtzman Vogel has an astounding amount of cash on hand:
JILL HOLTZMAN VOGELFOR SENATE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY, JULY 17
HOLTZMAN VOGEL EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE REPORTS STRONG FUNDRAISING TOTALS
27th District GOP Contender Raises Over $330,000 for Senate Bid
WARRENTON â€“ The Exploratory Committee for 27th District Republican State Senate Candidate Jill Holtzman Vogel today announced a fundraising total of over $330,000 for the period ending June 30, 2006.
David Rensin, the Committeeâ€™s Finance Chairman, today reported that $330,655.49 has been raised to support Jill Holtzman Vogelâ€™s efforts to fill the 27th Senate District seat currently held by Sen. Russell Potts. The election will be held in November 2007.
Over the past several months, Holtzman Vogel has been traveling the district, meeting with grassroots activists and citizens, and beginning to set up a campaign organization designed to secure the Republican nomination for State Senate.
â€œIâ€™m very grateful for the strong early support Iâ€™ve received from throughout the district. Already, an army of volunteers have stepped up to encourage me to run and support me financially,â€ said Holtzman Vogel.
â€œThe voters are concerned about the way the community is growing, the transportation problems plaguing the entire region, and ensuring that our Commonwealth has a budget that addresses our needs while holding the line on taxes and excessive spending. From my years of experience in the public and private sectors, I know firsthand what it will take to be an effective representative in Richmond,â€ she continued.
Holtzman Vogel, a Warrenton attorney who was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, has received support from key community leaders throughout the 27th District, including Dick Shickle, Chairman of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors, and Jim Brownell, former Chairman of the Loudon County Board of Supervisors.
â€œPeople know and respect Jill. They value her leadership, her record of accomplishments and appreciate her roots in the Valley. People in our community very much want to see her elected and are willing to raise the money to help her win,â€ said Shickle.
â€œJill is a great candidate and no one is surprised that she has received such large early support. Itâ€™s a 2007 Senate election that has drawn a lot of attention and supporters have stepped up early in the process to endorse her and it has obviously made a difference,â€ said Brownell.
Shickle and Brownell are part of a coalition of leaders and activists that have publicly announced their support for Holtzman-Vogel. In the coming weeks, the Exploratory Committee will make formal announcements regarding campaign leadership and additional endorsements from key figures across the district.
Jill Holtzman Vogel is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and earned a law degree from DePaul University. She has held several senior posts in the Republican Party and in the Bush Administration, including serving as Chief Counsel to the Republican National Committee during the 2004 Presidential election and Deputy Counsel at the Department of Energy. In recent years, Jill has built a national law practice specializing in government ethics, election law and non-profit work. She and her husband, Alex Vogel, have four children.
Then we see in the Winchester Star (free registration required to view) that Jill's primary opponent, former (and current) Senate candidate Mark Tate, is having some trouble with campaign finance reports related to his 2003 campaign.
If state Senate candidate Mark Tate does not update his campaign finance reports, he will not be on the ballot in 2007, a state official said on Tuesday.
â€œState law will prohibit him from gaining access to the ballot until such time that these reports are filed ...,â€ said Chris Piper, a campaign finance administrator for the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Tate, a Republican seeking the 27th District Senate seat, has not filed a campaign finance report since July 2003, Piper said.
His committee â€” Friends of Mark Tate â€” is still active. A $500 unpaid penalty has been assessed because he has not filed the semiannual reports required by state law.
We'll see what happens as this race unfolds.
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